USA Sports activities’ Mackenzie Salmon breaks personal the NFL’s struggle towards COVID-19 with NFL writers Mike Jones and Jarrett Bell.


As COVID-19 instances height around the nation, the NFL season is rolling alongside. 

Groups are coping with wonderful exams amongst avid gamers and group of workers however have discovered luck in setting apart the ones instances, and shutting staff amenities after information of a good is turning into a commonplace apply. That is what the Cleveland Browns did Friday, when the staff introduced a participant had examined wonderful for the virus. 

“The person has straight away self-isolated and the Browns facility is closed this morning whilst touch tracing is being carried out,” the staff mentioned in a commentary.

The Browns are scheduled to host the Houston Texans on Sunday. Houston closed its facility ultimate Thursday and the Wednesday sooner than that following wonderful participant exams. 

After touch tracing have been finished with none high-risk shut contacts being recognized, the membership reopened its coaching facility and held apply at Three p.m. Apply had in the beginning been slated to start at 12:35 p.m.

“That is 2020,” Browns trainer Kevin Stefanski mentioned on Zoom after apply. “Issues are going to return your manner, and you have to react. So I feel our staff is used to that. We were given our paintings in, were given all of the reps we had been meant to get.”

Backup offensive lineman Chris Hubbard landed at the reserve/COVID-19 record, which means he may not be to be had to play when the Browns (Five-Three) host the Houston Texans (2-6). On the other hand, not one of the Browns’ different avid gamers used to be pressured to the record because of being an in depth touch of Hubbard.

“We simply attempt to apply all of the protocols to a T,” Stefanski mentioned. “We met nearly this morning, which we had been doing already. We simply principally needed to thrust back the day a little bit bit. Clearly, each unmarried day it is a part of how we perform. I feel additionally a large a part of this isn’t having a high-risk shut touch. [It’s] in reality a major function of ours as of late, shifting ahead, on a daily basis. It is one thing we take very critically.”

There have been handiest minor disruptions because of Hubbard’s take a look at end result, which the Browns have established is not a false-positive.

Cornerback Denzel Ward and linebacker Sione Takitaki did not apply Friday as a result of they were not cleared as possible shut contacts in time for apply. They had been in the long run cleared and can go back to staff headquarters Saturday, Stefanski mentioned.

“It used to be a proximity factor,” the trainer added. “After operating with the league and the 3rd birthday party that investigates these kinds of issues, everyone adopted the foundations.”

The NFL mentioned the sport remains to be on.

“There’s no trade within the standing of the sport,” an NFL spokesman wrote in an e-mail reaction. “There’s been more or less 100 cases of a participant or team of workers positives at golf equipment and we haven’t moved a recreation.”

Contributing: Nate Ulrich, Akron (Ohio) Beacon Magazine


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